Talking about the “Things That Matter Most” on July 4, 2019
4:00 – Cultural Differences and American Freedom
There is a truth about Western culture, especially American culture that is often ignored: the US sees itself as an individualist society whose people seek to realize personal goals in the world, while most of the non-West has a more passive, deferential temperament. In other words, the West sees life as a project while many others are simply trying to survive rather than achieve. This serves as a massive obstacle for those trying to assimilate in America and will be a challenge to the country. Dr. Lawrence Mead joins us to examine these cultural differences.
5:00 – Christian Foundations of Religious Liberty
The idea of religious liberty is founded on a simple, essential truth: that religious faith is an inward disposition of the mind and heart and therefore cannot be coerced by an external force. Contrary to popular belief, this idea can be traced back far beyond the enlightenment to the earliest centuries of the Church. We look at the Christian foundations of religious liberty with Robert Wilken.